Work to be Substantially Completed by the Fall; Part of Multi-Bridge Contract to Strengthen New York's Infrastructure
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work has resumed on a project to replace the Route 4 (Main Street) bridge over the Glens Falls Feeder Canal in the village of Hudson Falls, Washington County. The existing Route 4 Bridge was built in 1931 and carries approximately 9,400 motor vehicles per day. The project, scheduled to be substantially completed this fall, is part of Governor Cuomo’s $542 million Empire Bridge program, a key piece of New York’s commitment to rebuilding critical infrastructure across New York State.
"In virtually every corner of this state, we are rebuilding and strengthening our transportation infrastructure to ensure its continued resiliency, dependability and viability for years to come," Governor Cuomo said. "This project to replace the Route 4 Bridge highlights our commitment to improving the travel experience of both residents and visitors alike, helping to spur tourism and economic growth through innovative upgrades to roads and bridges across New York."
The Empire Bridge program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, is replacing 100 aging bridge structures across the state. The new bridges will be more resilient and better able to withstand flooding. Completion of the Empire Bridge program will afford residents of communities across the State stronger and more resilient bridges, and reduce the potential for highway travel delays and detours during heavy rains and floods. It will ensure continued access to critical lifesaving services in the event of an emergency.
Traffic has been maintained on Route 4/Main Street in both directions during construction, which began last year and is being conducted in phases — one half of the bridge is being replaced at a time. The southbound side of the bridge was replaced in 2016. While the northbound side of the bridge is replaced this year, traffic in both directions will use the newly replaced southbound side. Pedestrians and bicyclists will use a temporary bridge installed in November, just west of the Main Street Bridge.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The Main Street Bridge over the Feeder Canal in Hudson Falls and these other four bridges are among the dozens of bridges we are strengthening thanks to Governor Cuomo’s Empire Bridge Program. The work makes these bridges more resistant to extreme weather for New Yorkers who rely on these important travel corridors while also promoting economic growth."
The Route 4/Main Street work is part of a $20.7 million design-build contract to replace five bridges. Design-build allows for the combining of design and construction services into single contracts to help expedite work to vital infrastructure to save taxpayer money. Already completed as part of this project are the replacements of the Route 196 Bridge over the Glens Falls Feeder Canal, also in the village of Hudson Falls and the Route 9N Bridge over the Kayaderosseras Creek in the town of Greenfield, Saratoga County.
The Route 28 Bridge over the Hudson River in the town of Thurman, Warren County, is also part of this contract; work on that project has continued throughout the winter and is scheduled to be completed this fall. The Route 9 southbound bridge over the Kayaderosseras Creek at the border of the city of Saratoga Springs and the town of Malta was replaced under this contract, with the new bridge fully opened to traffic last fall. Final paving of this span is scheduled to occur in May.
Senator Betty Little said, "Our foremost concern is safety for motorists and pedestrians and this new bridge will help assure that. Representing a region heavily dependent on tourism, I know too that first impressions count. The quality and appearance of our infrastructure adds to the overall experience for visitors who we want to come back again and again, so this kind of investment helps."
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner said, "I appreciate the Governor's continued focus on infrastructure in our upstate communities. The investment in critical infrastructure improvements in Hudson Falls will support the Village's revitalization efforts."
Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Henke said, "People traveling our highways often do not realize the efforts that must be made to ensure their safety. The Main Street Bridge over the feeder canal has been in place nearly 90 years and this replacement project is a critical need to keep traffic flowing on one of our area's busiest state roads. I appreciate this need being recognized."
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